It’s the end of the first period at the Bell Centre, and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. The Habs stunk for most of this frame, looked lost and confused, and provided abolutely no offence whatsoever.
That is, until there was 3 seconds left when Yannick Weber blasted it home from the point with the man-advantage, and the teams go to their dressing rooms tied at one. Surprisingly enough.
Jaromir Jagr, back after three years in the KHL with Omsk Avangard, opened it for the Flyers. Blow a kiss to your own crowd, Yammy. Forget about it at the Bell Centre.
Can this late goal inspire the Canadiens? Can they improve over the lacklustre and dismal display they showed in this period? Who knows. All I know is, after my big pep talk a couple of posts ago, they came out flatter than a pancake. And maybe “flatter than a pancake” is too tame. Maybe I should say they absolutely sucked and don’t deserve to be tied.
Now let’s see what they can do from here on in. Shots on goal in this first period - Flyers 8, Habs 5.
Who are those new guys wearing the Montreal sweater and what did they do with the old guys? It’s a new team out there and it was the Weber goal with 2.6 seconds left in the first that woke them up. Either that or Jacques Martin is the second coming of Knute Rockne.
The Canadiens were all over the Flyers in this period, and how surprising is that? A goal off Andrei Kostitsyn’s foot and suddenly it was 2-1 Montreal. Then Max Pacioretty added another. 3-1 Habs. I like the sound of that.
They’ve awaken from a deep slumber. Erik Cole had a couple of excellent chances and has played really well. Eller had a couple too. Mike Cammalleri and PK Subban came close. Price is looking good. I’ve missed this feeling.
Now they have to keep it going in the third. Stay out of the penalty box. A fourth goal would be sweeter than sweet.
But these crazy Habs still make me nervous. And it’s not over till Mississauga Street Sugar sings the song.
Shots on goal in this second period – Montreal 11, Philly 10.
Third Period coming up. (And what a glorious period it was)
They didn’t let up, or back up, or let it slip away. They continue to skate, storm the net, and fire from all angles. Carey Price finally got his 100th win, he played great on this night, and the gang that couldn’t shoot straight tallied twice more in this final frame and skated away with a HUGE 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Max Pacioretty, with his second of the game, made it 4-1 and allowed us to breath easier. Mike Cammalleri iced it, and it was a happy and relieved team that went to their dressing room and me to the fridge.
Now take this game and build on it. Yannick Weber’s last-second goal in the first may turn out to be one of the most important Habs goals of the year.
So many positives on a night that began so poorly. But they got the late goal, dusted off the cobwebs, gave themselves a kick in the ass, and came out and played the way they can.
I’m very proud of the team tonight.
Now it’s Thursday in Boston. The Habs know what they can do now, it’s all about confidence and the sweet smell of success, and I’m expecting more of the same in the unfriendly confines of the Boston barn.
Talk about turning it around. The Habs outshot the Flyers 12-4 in the third, and ended with a 28-22 advantage overall.
And it had started so poorly.
In talking about Pacioretty playing hurt, Price said it shows he’s got some big nuts.